Out and About – Week of November 26th

I can’t remember a Thanksgiving with such nice weather, as the one we just experienced. It was perfect weather for those who traveled, which in years past, hasn’t been quite as nice. I remember, while working at O’Hare Airport, many folks celebrated Thanksgiving with a turkey sandwich, sitting in the lobby waiting for news on their flight home. I hope everyone was able to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, and appreciated the excellent weather we had here.

We are now in the shopping spirit for Christmas. Fifty years ago we could do all of our shopping right here in Three Rivers. Big Box stores didn’t exist, and you could not shop on the internet, because the internet didn’t exist. Oh, some folks traveled to Kalamazoo for some special items, but even that was a bit of a challenge, because US-131 was a two-lane highway, and it wasn’t as convenient as it is today. I try to do all of my shopping locally, right here in Three Rivers. It’s important to me to keep the money here in our community. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible, but I’d like to see us all at least try. As I mentioned in a previous column, art and craft shows usually have some great deals.

Talking about craft shows, the Three Rivers Senior Center will host a Holiday Sale Friday, December 7, from 10AM to 5PM. They will have something for everyone, including baked goods, crafts, toys, and even a flea market. If you’d like to join them for lunch, please call the Commission on Aging 24 hours in advance. The COA’s number is 269-279-8083. The Three Rivers Senior Center is in the same building as the Commission on Aging and the Three Rivers Public Library. They are all located at 103 South Douglas Avenue, across the street from Harding’s, in Three Rivers.

Here’s something that will definitely be worth the trip. The Marcellus VFW, located on M-40, just south of Marcellus, will host a prime rib dinner on Saturday, December 8, from 5 to 7PM. The cost is only $14, and it is open to the public. This is a great opportunity to support those veterans of foreign wars.

My motto is “Volunteer…..the world is run by those who show up.” Another great quote about volunteering is “Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer!” If you’re a volunteer and still have a little room on your plate, the Commission on Aging can use your help. They are in need of volunteer drivers, instructors, coordinators, class leaders, and people to answer the phone. If you are a frequent rider of the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority, they might even have a place for you on the Authority’s Advisory Committee. Contact the COA at 269-279-8083 for more information.

Football season is finished for this year. Local high school basketball is now coming on the scene. If you enjoy basketball, you just can’t beat watching the sport on the high school level. The Three Rivers Wildcats know the game, especially the high school girls. Check the newspaper for the dates and times, then catch the games on WRCI-FM, 74.1 on your radio dial. Better yet, you just can’t beat watching the game from the stands at Three Rivers High School.

I haven’t done this for a while, so here’s a short quiz for bright people. I’ll have the answers for you in next week’s column.

1) Name the sport in which neither the spectators, nor the participants, know the leader, or running score until the contest ends.

2) Name the only vegetable, or fruit, that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or any other form except fresh.

3) Only three words in standard English begin with the letters “dw”, and they are all common words. Name two of them.

Have fun with your holiday shopping. Be kind and considerate to your fellow shoppers, and thank those customer service people for putting up with you.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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